This fast-growing S.F. vacation rental startup is staking a claim on last-minute travelersThis fast-growing S.F. vacation rental startup is staking a claim on last-minute travelers
San Francisco Business Times reporter Alex Barreira writes, “A young Bay Area hospitality startup for booking last minute vacations is hitting a growth spur. While positioning itself for hosts as a no-brainer add-on to Airbnb.”
Barreira interviews CEO Ben Jamshahi and talks about Whimstay’s new innovative platform features. Barreira also underscores the “win-win” achieved for both travelers and property managers when promoting last minute vacation rentals on Whimstay.
With over 50% of short term rental properties empty each night and billions of dollars in lost earnings each year, it’s easy to see that the vacation rental industry has a problem with occupancy rates. Furthermore, the vacation rental market has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. In 2020, it was worth over $87 billion. By late May 2021, online searches for vacation rental information were 100% higher than they were the previous year. This means a growing majority of travelers are exploring home and apartment rentals over hotel rooms.
What sets Whimstay apart?
Unlike Airbnb and Vrbo, the two biggest names in the vacation rental game, we believe Whimstay’s innovative approach and responsive pricing strategy stands out. Our approach positions us perfectly as a new vacation rental startup in the travel industry. We solve an age old problem that major sites have yet to be able to provide a solution for, while solidifying a new vertical in the vacation rental market. This is similar to what HotelTonight did for the hotel industry. Whimstay offers exclusive, last-minute discounts to travelers and ensure fewer properties are left empty every night. Whether you’re on a budget or simply feeling spontaneous, Whimstay offers phenomenal deals for your last-minute getaway at prime destinations across North America and beyond.
Interesting in learning more about our unique value proposition as a leading vacation rental startup? Read the full article here
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